Motivational Monday – Just Be You

The first one in this series is from a disability/chronic illness/neurodiverse perspective but I reckon most people will be able to relate to this, in one way or another.

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I love the part in this which says ‘Be safe, if you can be.’ I cannot tell you how many times I’ve battled on when really it wasn’t safe for me to do so because I was that exhausted, I was having accidents and making terrible decisions. Having a rest is not giving up, it’s enabling you to come back stronger later.

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This idea sunk in when I was around 14 and I thought if people are going to stare at me no matter how hard I try to blend in, then I might as well give them something that I’ve CHOOSEN for them to stare at. Something so they actually see me for a change.

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Neurodiverse people are just a different kind of normal. Don’t forget your quirks are part of who you are and they have helped to shape your character.

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Too loud, too fast, too bright, too busy, too freakin much! This is when you know you need to take a moment to reset and de-stress, if only for five minutes.

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I cannot tell you how important it is to do this, for your own self esteem and sanity. I ended up having to cut a really good friend out of my life because his mates hated me and he ignored it – expecting me to put up with it. Nah! I’ve also tried my arse off to fit in with a group who had no intentions of even trying to understand me. If they are ‘your kind of crazy’ you shouldn’t have to try that much.

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Bit of a literal one for me this, haha! Seriously, though today is a new day and another chance at getting that difficult thing right. Which led me to creating this one myself…

You are enough.

Chrissie

Zoya Nail Polish in Rocky

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Cruelty free and vegan with no formaldehyde, toluene, dibuytl phthalate or camphor. I’ve used this polish in a hurry without a base coat and, unlike a lot of polishes it has not made my nails dry or brittle. With a base and top coat this polish has lasts up to four days even though my nails are oddly flexible, meaning polish is prone to cracking and breaking up but Zoya lasts.

Rocky is an opaque turquoise. It reminds me of 1950’s electric guitars and retro Smeg kitchenware but a tiny bit more toward the greener side of turquoise, which adds depth and saturation to the colour.

Chrissie

Haircare Review – Naturtint Colour Fixing Shampoo & Styling Mouse

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Naturtint Colour Fixing Shampoo £8.59 400ml

What they say…

‘Rock Rose and Lemon Fruit Waters give nourishment and strength to your hair, whilst Natural Bio lipids and Polymers provide softness and shine, and Lavender Floral Water calms and moisturises the scalp. Sunflower Floral Water naturally seals split ends and locks in colour.’

My verdict…

I’m impressed that this shampoo is organic and contains no SLS or silicone. The consistency was thin enough and it foamed up enough to spread through my thick hair without diluting it in a cup of water first. On rinsing it did not leave my hair feeling like matted straw (like some other shampoos have) and I didn’t notice any of my blue dye escaping down the drain either. After conditioning with a standard conditioner, my hair looked incredibly shiny; it still had a lot of colour left and was no more frizzy than it naturally is.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Naturtint Styling Mouse £10.99 150ml

What they say…

‘The active ingredients add body, elasticity and shine without drying the hair or leaving a tacky feel.
The gentle formula moisturises your scalp and guards against the effects of humidity, leaving a silky, not sticky feeling to your hair, with effective holding power.’

My verdict…

They are right about the non sticky feeling and the mouse not drying out hair. However it’s holding power is very tame and my hair frizzed out like crazy as soon as I went out in incredibly light rain. I’m used to rain re-activating mouse!? However, it defined my natural waves so well that I’d describe them as loose curls. The second time I used this on much wetter hair and afterward when it was still a little damp I applied some hair oil to seal it so it didn’t frizz. This combination worked incredibly well! If your hair isn’t naturally dry/wiry and you want natural looking definition that isn’t matte (unlike salt spray), then this is the perfect product for you.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Style Edit – Modern Glam Rock

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White Chocolate Dairy Free Easter Egg from Choices

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The Choices Dairy Free Easter Egg (£2.89) is made of the best dairy-free white chocolate I’ve ever tasted. It’s full of flavour, has a creamy texture and isn’t at all waxy or cheap tasting. The Rondello’s are just white chocolate buttons which are the same lovely choccy as the egg. A shame really as I would have preferred some kind of contrast. It’s a little smaller than a lot of easter eggs out there but with the chocolate buttons included I don’t mind.

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Weleda Skin Food Review

I’ve recently discovered the natural beauty and health brand Weleda and find their principals and methods to be very admiral.

Weleda’s Ethics…

‘While we are making our products, we actively protect ecology and support Weleda Skin Foodenvironmental stewardship and conservation. Where we cannot obtain raw materials from our own Weleda gardens or certified wild collection, we obtain the ingredients we work with from selected suppliers, very often people we have been working with for many years. Our constant investment in research and development helps cultivate beauty around the world and we build positive relationships within our own team, with our customers and with fair trade partners.’

Nature, health, beauty and you…

‘All of our product ranges have a key ingredient we call the ‘leadplants’. Each of these leadplants has characteristics corresponding with different phases in the life story of our customers. Our leadplants are selected to have a particular effect on, and a relationship with, people as they pass through different stages in life. They are selected to maintain the balance of body and mind and for each individual’s well-being. From our body and face care for people at every age and life-stage, to our specialist pregnancy, baby or dental care, Weleda offers the right natural care product for every need.’

Skin Food Review…

Skin Food (£6.95 30ml) is the thickest cream I have ever used, it doesn’t sink in quickly because it isn’t meant to. It moisturises, repairs and protects dry damaged skin. The bloke had an old blister from a burn which had turned into a small seg (those hard bits of skin that come about through wear and tear or pressure) so he naturally became my test subject. He applied the cream in the morning and again at night and by the next day it felt as soft as the rest of his skin and had a smoother appearance. I’m going to use this to moisturise my hands and feet every night before bed as I think Skin Food will be their saviour – it really is a hero product!

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I would love to hear from anyone who’s tried Weleda before to see which products you recommend.

Beauty Kitchen, Love Me Triple Action Hand Wash

 

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Some hand washes which claim to be soft on skin can actually leave skin paper dry but Love Me Triple Action Hand Wash (£6.99) is a fantastic exception. Thanks to the Camomile, Olive oil, Coconut oil and Patchouli, this hand wash leaves skin soft, moisturised and properly hydrated. The Patchouli, Cedarwood and Frankincense oils create a pretty and uplifting scent which doesn’t cling to hands – a problem I’ve noticed with other hand washes – making it handy (pun intended) to use when preparing food.

Beauty Kitchen says ‘Freshly made in the UK with no parabens, no sulphates, no synthetic fragrance’

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Dr Organic Lip Balms

As regular readers will know by now, I need industrial strength lip balm everyday and it needs to have natural active ingredients to have any effect.


Some natural, cruelty free lip balms can be really quite expensive but at £3.49, I like how reasonably priced the Dr Organic one’s are. I also like the fact that they have hardly any flavour so they don’t get in the way of anything I’m eating or drinking. They have an SPF of 15 and protect against UVA and UVB rays and are obviously organic.

Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Balm has a very subtle coconut scent. Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm has a pleasant fresh scent and Dr Organic Morrocan Argan Oil Lip Balm has a slightly stronger almond scent. All of them hydrated and moisturised my lips for over five hours and surprisingly smoothed the texture of them back to normal!

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

My Lifestyle Lately – March 2017

Style and Homeware

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The Bloke re-dyed my hair for me which took a much shorter amount of time than the first time. I just don’t get how some people get the depth of colour that they do!? This is a cruelty free dye from Star Gazer.

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My beloved biker boots have finally died after having the sole glued back on twice, just as I managed to find these as a replacement (after months of searching). I added the spike and chain strap which I bought separately.

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This adorable little fella is utterly impractical as a mug – right handed he’s facing away from me and left handed his horns hitting my glasses and he wont sit properly in the draining bored – but as I said, it is adorable!

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Sea for Yourself – sea inspired style and homeware post.

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Spring/Summer Cross Body Handbags post.

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Rainbow Accessories post.

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Its a running joke between me and the Bloke that when I suddenly realise something or I’m contemplating something I sound like I’m mooing, so he surprised me with this!

Food

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I was invited to Zouk Tea Bar and Grill to sample some of their new Spring/Summer menu. Me and The Bloke enjoyed, contemporary and classic Indian food, cocktails and of course mango lassi.

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Every morning I either have a smoothie or if I really need it, I’ll make a small milky coffee with vanilla essence. Banana and peanut butter smoothies are the bomb!

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Gluten and dairy free of course as are these…

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I found this pre-made meal at Coop in the open fridges. They also had a mushroom risotto to heat up the rice did not behave like risotto rice and it contained quinoa which gave it a very noticeable bitter taste. Total fail!

Here’s my Dairy Free, Veggie Goodies post.

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Here are the best naughty treats I’ve tried this month…

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Tiny bites of caramel, biscuit and milk chocolate heaven!

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Higgity! Higgity! Higgity! This Higgity feta and spinach pie is rather wonderful when heated up. Posh restaurants can save their silly feta reductions as far as I concerned.

Beauty

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I don’t know about you but my skin has been freaking out with this wildly changeable Spring weather. I was really pleased to review this Tea Face hydrating, calming and exfoliating tea treatment.

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Read why I love this polish so much here.

Decals (or y’know, stickers)

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Yeah, man. This went straight onto my laptop as did the one below.

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I put this one on my iPad cover. I love the simplicity of it!

Lifestyle/Personal Interest

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I wrote 20 Little Things to Appreciate in Life after the weather had been bad, my back had been bad and I’d not gone out much but I realised I was still relatively happy.

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“I’ll bing you flowers, in the pouring rain…” Great old school garage song by two Manchester lasses. Well, it was pouring and the bloke did bring me flowers.

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My own shot of street art by Tank Petrol in The Northern Quarter

And the award for longest tittle goes to: 10 Helpful Things Having Chronic Illness & Invisible Disabilities Have Taught Me About Life. I really wanted to make sure I didn’t just have a big old rant with this and tried to keep it balanced and upbeat in places.

Always nice having a cuppa (‘tea’ for my American readers) and a catch up. Chat to you again soon!

Chrissie

 

Zoya Nail Polish in Raven


This has the best consistency of any black nail polish I’ve ever used. Two were too thick and goopy and one was so thin it required three coats and then chipped the same day. This requires two coats and glides on perfectly. The brush is a descent width and the bottle is easy hold.

The colour is a very flattering shade of black. Not gloss paint black but more of a printing ink shade of black, with a subtle sheen. It also lasts around three – four days without chipping if used with a good top coat.

Zoya nail polish is free from: Camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate).

Available from their own US site or Holland & Barrett for people in the UK

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie